Review

Godzilla starts with a cracking opening as husband and wife scientists, played by Bryan Cranston and Juliette Binoche, investigate strange tremors beneath the ground at the Janjira Nuclear Plant in Japan. After disaster strikes we then move on 15 years and Cranston along with his son (Kick-Asses Aaron Taylor-Johnsen) are looking for answers as to why the disaster happened and what the Japanese government are trying to hide at the plant.

The first third of the film is wonderful and plays like a conspiracy theory film as Cranston and his son go searching for answers. Eventually they discover that a giant beast, called a MUTO, has been lying dormant for thousands of years and is buried under the plant and that it's feeding on the plants nuclear fuel. Unsurprisingly just as Cranston warns the "experts" of the impending danger The Muto comes to life. After heading off from the plant and causing untold destruction across Japan the beast then heads to America where it intends to meet its mate. The hapless humans must then stand by and watch as their cities are levelled to the ground, their only hope is that Godzilla will arrive in time and defeat the Mutos’.

Godzilla films are predominately about giant lizards knocking lumps out of each other and that's pretty much what Director Gareth Edwards gives us. The human cast, led by Aaron Taylor-Johnsen are just after thoughts and appear to be only there to link the battles between the lizards; Elizabeth Olsen who plays Aaron's wife is particularly underused. With no emotional depth to the characters it's pretty hard to care about what happens to any of them. This just leaves the giant beasts to knock seven bells out of each other and to be honest it does get pretty boring after a while.

Godzilla's at times does feel a bit like last years “Pacific Rim” and if you enjoyed that film then there is no reason why you shouldn't enjoy Godzilla. However if giant lizards fighting each other is not your thing then I would stay clear.



Godzilla (3D) (12A)
2h 3m

Director: Gareth Edwards
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston

UK Release: Friday 15th May 2014





Godzilla - "The Bridge" Clip

Godzilla - Extended Look

Godzilla - "Let The Fight" Clip

Godzilla - "The Airport" Clip